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January 2020

Honda scores a brace at What Car? Awards

Honda scores a brace at What Car? Awards

Honda UK has taken a brace of honours at the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year awards with the Civic Type R taking best hot hatch, for the third year in a row, and the CR-V hybrid taking the best hybrid over £30,000, for the second year in a row.

  • Civic Type R takes Hot Hatch trophy for the third year in a row
  • CR-V hybrid named best hybrid over £30,000 beating off luxury competition

Honda UK has taken a brace of honours at the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year awards with the Civic Type R taking best hot hatch, for the third year in a row, and the CR-V hybrid taking the best hybrid over £30,000, for the second year in a row.

Held in association with Warranty Direct and widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars’ of the car industry, the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards are only given to the cars that set the highest standards in their class each year.  These awards are highly important for both car makers and customers because of the authority and integrity of the What Car? brand.

Phil Webb, Head of Car at Honda UK, commented: “The Civic Type R continues to dominate the hot hatch market three years on from launch, which is outstanding, and this award is testament to the engineering and development teams who created the car.  To then add a price-point win for the CR-V hybrid, for the second year in a row; we have a great start to 2020 for Honda.”

Steve Huntingford, editor at What Car? commented: “Few cars can be described as ‘perennials’ in our awards, but the Honda Civic Type R is getting to that stage. Over the past three years, the Type R has simply demolished all comers. It has remarkable traction for a powerful front-wheel-drive model, huge grip in corners and handling that feels as well-honed as a racing car. Yet it's also one of the roomiest, most comfortable and best-equipped hot hatches you can buy, so it's as easy to live with as it is fun.

“The fact that the Honda CR-V has now spent two years as our favourite hybrid car costing more than £30,000 is a huge achievement, given how fast things are moving in this class. It offers precise steering, and good grip and refinement. What’s more, its soft suspension makes for a compliant ride, and the CR-V is absolutely huge inside – a major selling point given that most large SUVs are used as family cars.”


July 2019

Honda Civic Type R retains the Auto express best hot hatch award for the third year running

Honda Civic Type R retains the Auto express best hot hatch award for the third year running

The Honda Civic Type R holds its own as the ultimate modern hot hatch.

The Honda Civic Type R has retained the Auto Express award for Best Hot Hatch in 2019. Continued domination of this highly competitive award category for three years proves that the Civic Type R delivers the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch arena.

A 5-star review and Best Hot Hatch award from the expert judging panel at Auto Express, despite the high standard of competition, is a clear indication that the fifth-generation Civic Type R boasts performance credentials worthy of the iconic Type R badge. Auto Express New Car Award winners are judged on aspects such as performance, handling, design, practicality, connectivity and running costs.

Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief, Auto Express said: "Despite many new contenders emerging onto the scene to challenge the Honda Civic Type R for its crown, none has managed to topple this Japanese giant of the performance world. For the third year in a row the Civic Type R is our hot hatch of the year, and the reasons why haven’t been altered by the passage of time. In fact, the longer the Civic is on sale and the harder its rivals push, the more the Type R’s talents shine through."

Phil Webb, Head of Car at Honda UK, commented; “We are incredibly pleased to continue to collect category wins and best-in-class reviews for the Civic Type R, three years after we launched this fifth-generation model. It’s a testament to the engineering focus of the car, who tested this car at the same facility used to develop Honda Formula One power units. The goalposts may have moved on, but the Civic Type R remains a top class performer.”

The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm, is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain and the driver. Power is directed through the front wheels and the four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, provides performance that can be tailored to the drivers mood through three drive modes; Comfort, Sport and +R.


August 2017

Civic and NSX Shortlisted for 2017 Golden Steering Wheel Award

Voting now open for the 2017 Civic and NSX in the Golden Steering Wheel Awards

Civic enters the Small Car category, whilst NSX is placed in the Sports Car title race

Finalists to be put through their paces by a European panel of experts

Honda’s multi-award winning Civic and NSX have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Golden Steering Wheel awards.

Entering its 42nd year, the Golden Steering Wheel awards, organised by Germany’s Auto Bild magazine, recognises the best new cars of the year, and the Civic and NSX are candidates in the Small Car and Sports Car categories respectively.

Honda Civic e NSX on racetrack

Globally, the 2017 Civic took top honours in the Canadian Car of the Year Awards, and took Kelley Blue Book’s coveted Best Buy of the Year award. Closer to home, the Type-R variant has also laid claim to What Car? magazine’s Most Anticipated Car Launch of the year and Auto Express’s Best Hot Hatch of the Year awards too.

The NSX can also boast multiple awards from around the world, including: The 2017 International Engine of the Year New Engine of the Year; Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year; and Business Insider’s Overall Car of the Year.

red Honda Civic diesel car driving parked with autumn trees behind it

David Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK, commented: “We are delighted that Auto Express has recognised both the Civic and NSX by shortlisting them for this year’s awards. The two contenders have already made a big impact in their relative sectors by winning multiple awards; a win for Honda would be a fantastic achievement at the Golden Steering Awards. We are incredibly keen to win and are asking all Honda fans and customers to get voting!”

Ahead of the 2017 Golden Steering Wheel Awards, Auto Express is calling on the public to cast their vote for their favourite European car, from a comprised list of over 40 contenders. The finalist will be put through their paces by a European panel of experts to determine each category and overall winner.

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June 2017

New Civic Type R wins Best Hot Hatch at Auto Express Awards

Made in Swindon, the new Civic Type R is British built and exported world wide

The British-built next-generation Honda Civic Type R has won Best Hot Hatch at the Auto Express New Car Awards.

Demonstrating its huge popularity and that front wheel drive still rewards drivers in an increasingly competitive sector, the new Civic Type R is set to hit retail forecourts in August.

First unveiled as a surprise entry prototype at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September last year, the mass production version of the next generation Civic Type R was first seen at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.

Made in Swindon, the next generation Civic Type R comes hot on the heels of the current car, which was commended at last year’s awards and which Honda expects to become a modern classic with only 2,500 on UK roads.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards of the car industry, the annual Auto Express New Car Awards are given to the cars that set the highest standards in their class each year. These awards are highly important for both carmakers and customers because of the authority and integrity of the Auto Express brand.

Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK, commented: “A win for Civic Type R at the Auto Express New Car Awards is a fantastic achievement; especially as it comes before customer deliveries commence. Built in Britain for a global audience which includes both North America and Japan, we are very confident our customers will love the all-round performance and handling of the new car.”

Graham Hope, editor at Auto Express added: “The latest Civic Type R is yet another sensational example of Honda's engineering expertise. As you would expect, it is exciting to drive and thrillingly fast, but importantly it's also extremely usable on a day-to-day basis, as all the best hot hatches should be. It really does set a new benchmark in its class and is a worthy successor to Honda's great hot hatches of the past."

Find out more about the New Honda Civic 5 Door


February 2017

Honda Civic Type R wins at What Car? Reader Award

Honda Civic Type R wins at What Car? Reader Award

Swansway Honda dealerships in Stockport & Bolton celebrate as new Honda Civic Type R wins at What Car? Reader Awards.

Honda’s hot hatch triumphs with award for most eagerly anticipated car launch of 2017

  • Reader award nomination good indicator of successful launch
  • Made in Swindon, the new Civic Type R is British built and exported world wide

The British built next-generation Honda Civic Type R has won the coveted What Car? reader award and has been named as the most eagerly anticipated car launch of 2017.

Demonstrating its huge popularity, the Civic Type R took almost half of the votes and clinched the top spot in the poll compiled by What Car? experts and voted for by the readers.

First unveiled as a surprise entry prototype at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September last year, the mass production version of the next generation Civic Type R is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Made in Swindon, the next generation Civic Type R is set to go on sale in the latter half of this year and comes hot on the heels of the current car, which is expected to fast become a modern classic with only 2,500 on UK roads.

Held in association with Warranty Direct and widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars’ of the car industry, the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards are only given to the cars that set the highest standards in their class each year. These awards are highly important for both car makers and customers because of the authority and integrity of the What Car? brand.

Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK, commented:

Kicking off the year with a win at the most prestigious automotive awards ceremony is a fantastic achievement; something which is even more rewarding as it was voted for by the readers. That in itself has a deeper significance as it clearly demonstrates the connection, belief and trust we have with our customers. 2017 is going to be another big year for Honda in the UK as we not only launch the new Civic Type R but also the 10th generation Civic and celebrate 25 years of Type R.

Steve Huntingford, editor at What Car? added...

The Type R’s low-slung shape, large rear spoiler and triple exhausts have clearly captured the minds of What Car? readers, because this is the model they have voted as the most anticipated new car of 2017. The Civic Type R will shake things up in the hot hatch market as Honda is sticking with front-wheel drive and aiming to set the new benchmark for this type of car.

View the Civic Type R Range here


January 2017

Honda CR-V named diesel car used 4X4 of the year

Honda's reputation for reliability, quality and value for money has seen the brands CR-V Crossover named used 4x4 of the year by leading motoring magazine diesel car. The spacious and superbly equipped compact SUV took the title after a panel of expert judges weighed up the best buys in the secondhand car market as part of the title’s annual Used Car Awards

Examples of the CR-V built between 2007 and 2012 stood out, beating a raft of much newer competitors and premium brand alternatives to the accolade.

The judges were impressed by the CR-V’s all-round ability, appeal and equipment levels, as well as its value on the used car market and bulletproof record for dependability.

Ian Robertson, Editor and Publisher of Diesel Car, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, said: “The Honda CR-V may be older than many of the cars in this year’s honours list but this is a reflection on how highly we rate it.  It’s incredibly practical and spacious and a real second-hand bargain.”

He added: “Good secondhand 4x4s rarely come cheap, but the Honda CR-V is a steal when you consider the vast amount of kit and the sheer amount of space on offer.”

Phil Webb, Head of Cars at Honda UK said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award as the ownership experience of our used car customers is incredibly important to us.”


January 2017

2017 British-Built Civic Type R Shortlisted For What Car? Reader Award

  • Honda’s hot hatch up for award for most eagerly anticipated car launch of 2017
  • Reader award nomination good indicator of successful launch
  • Made in Swindon, the new Civic Type R is British built and exported world wide

Honda Civic Type R in dark grey with red badge

The British-built Honda Civic Type R has been shortlisted for the coveted What Car? reader award and is among the most eagerly anticipated car launches of 2017.

Made in Swindon and expected in showrooms in the latter half of 2017, the next generation Civic Type R comes hot on the heels of the current car, which was launched in summer 2015. Debuted as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show back in September, the mass production version is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year.

With over 10,000 readers expected to vote on a list of 2017 car launches compiled by the experts at What Car?, the competition is fierce as the award is a valuable indication of sentiment towards cars being brought to market in the next year.

Honda last won the award in 2015 when the HR-V claimed a massive 25% of the 10,000 votes, and came a close second in 2016 with the NSX.

To vote in the awards, head to www.wcreaderaward.com and click on the Civic Type R.

Philip Crossman, managing director of Honda UK, commented:

The next generation Civic Type R will be the fastest and most extreme version of the Civic to wear the famed red badge in Honda’s history. Kicking off the year with a win for this car at the most prestigious automotive award ceremony would be a fantastic achievement. We are incredibly keen to win this award and are asking all Honda fans, customers and lovers of the Type R to get voting!

Find out more about the Honda Civic Type R by contacting your local Swansway Honda dealership.


October 2016

Honda takes home most awards for one manufacturer in 2016 MPG marathon

Honda has taken home the most awards for one manufacturer in the latest annual 'MPG Marathon', scooping the 'Most Efficient Family Car' and 'For Wheel Drive' titles:

First and second place in the 'Load Lugging Economy Champion' class: Second and thrd place overall in 'Best Percentage Improvement on MPG' and Third 'Best Outright MPG' among the pack of 22 competing vehicles.

The MPG Marathon is an intense two-day eco-driving challenge which tests the skill of the competing drivers and the real-world fuel economy of the participating vehicles to the absolute maximum. Held on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October 2016, the event saw competing teams face arguably the most challenging route and rules ever seen in the competition to plan their own routes to reach four different venues across the heart of the country.

Driving around 400 miles over the two days, teams aimed to achieve both the highest possible MPG and the most significant percentage improvement over the manufacturer’s quoted MPG figure, with penalties at stake for every minute driven over the stated total driving time.

Taking home prizes for Honda were the BBC’s transport correspondent for the South of England, Paul Clifton, alongside former police inspector, now working for IAM RoadSmart, Shaun Cronin. Once again behind the wheel of a CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC, the car in which they won gold in 2015, Paul and Shaun took home the ‘Four Wheel Drive’ and ‘Load Lugging Economy Champion’ awards by registering 63.77 MPG, a best-in-class 13.31% uplift on the car’s official quoted figure; and with it also second place overall in best percentage improvement on MPG. Over the two days the pair covered 389 miles, using just 27.73 litres (6.1 gallons) of fuel.

Paul Clifton comments:

That was the toughest MPG Marathon yet. Over two days we effectively climbed from sea level to the top of Britain's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, three times. So to beat the car's official economy figure - and by a big margin - is very rewarding. With a very gentle right foot and smooth safe driving, this shows that even a bigger four-wheel drive car can achieve outstanding real world economy. With fuel prices rising again, this is something everyone can do to keep costs down.

Making up the other half of Honda’s assault on the 2016 MPG Marathon were Swindon-based R&D colleagues Fergal McGrath, Kyle Stevens, Jeremy Sibson and Rick Rowles, pairing up to share the effort over the two days. Out to defend an enviable track record in the event in previous years, the team took home the ‘Most Fuel Efficient Family Car’ title and second place, behind the CR-V, in the ‘Load Lugging Economy Champion’ class. ​

Covering 407 miles, the experienced quartet guided a British-engineered and built Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC home with an overall MPG of 80.51, an improvement of 11.21% on the quoted 72.4. In further success, sipping just 22.98 litres (5.05 gallons) of fuel, the Tourer also came in third place for both ‘Best Outright MPG’- pipped for second place by just 0.21 MPG – and ‘Best Percentage Improvement’.

Organised by Fleet World magazine, the 2016 MPG Marathon was sponsored by ALD Automotive, RAC Business and Crystal Ball, a provider of fleet management systems. For further information, please visit www.thempgmarathon.co.uk.

To book your very own Honda test drive contact your local Swansway Honda dealership in Bolton, Manchester, Rochdale or Stockport.


August 2016

Civic Type R named most popular Performance Car at Honest John Awards

Civic Type R named most popular Performance Car at Honest John Awards

Having won the ‘Best Real MPG’ award at the Honest John Awards last year with the frugal Civic 1.6 i-DTEC, this year sees the polar opposite with Honda’s sporting heritage triumphing with the aggressively styled Civic Type R, which hit showrooms last July.

The honestjohn.co.uk awards come from the best experts of all: the website users. The awards are not decided by judges or a panel, instead recognising and rewarding the cars and vans that the users search for most on the site. Put simply, the reviews which create the most interest among honestjohn.co.uk users are the winners.

The British built Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built. The direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Civic Type R model.

Dan Harrison, editor of honestjohn.co.uk commented: “One of the most highly anticipated cars of recent years among performance car enthusiasts, we rate the new Honda Civic Type R as one of the most engaging, enjoyable and exciting cars on sale. And honestjohn.co.uk users clearly agree with the Civic Type R proving popular enough to win Most Popular Performance Car for 2016. If you want a thrilling hot hatch, look no further.”

Phil Webb, head of cars at Honda UK, commented: “The latest incarnation of the Civic Type R continues to win awards but this award means more as it is simply down to the mass appeal of the car and the number of people searching for it on the Honest John website.”